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The Wall Welcomes Bowen Marsh to Game of Thrones Season 5

Aug 22, 2014

The amazing casting news continues to roll in as we learn that Michael Condron, known mainly for his role in The Tudors, will be joining the Game of Thrones season 5 cast that lives at Castle...

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True Blood

True Blood Season 7 Series Finale: Thank You

Aug 25, 2014

Dear friends, readers, Truebies, haters, etc., welcome to the final review of the series finale of “True Blood.” We are honored to have you here. Through some special HBO Watch...

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The Leftovers

The Leftovers: The Garveys at Their Best

Aug 25, 2014

This episode may have been a flashback, but its message is arguably more important to the show’s present than it’s past. In last week’s episode we saw a troubled Jill Garvey ponder as to...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Veronica Mars

Aug 21, 2014

Full Disclosure: I have been a Veronica Mars fan for years, and I participated in the Kickstarter campaign to bring one of my all-time favorite detectives to the big screen. During three...

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Latest HBO News

Seth Meyers Ribs HBO at the Emmys

Seth Meyers Ribs HBO at the Emmys

This little joke caught our attention as it was quite clever. HBO is often lauded at the Emmys by the actors, writers and directors who work for the network. Julia Louis-Dreyfus started her acceptance speech with a Thank You to HBO. But even the host got into it last night with this little joke about the Home Box Office: “Congratulations to HBO. They have 99 nominations tonight, the most of any network. Not to be outdone, NBC is also a network.” and then… “I gotta say: HBO is like the kid you grew up with who ended up doing way better than you expected. 99 nominations. When I first met HBO, all he had was Grease...

HBO Receives 19 Primetime Emmy Awards

HBO Receives 19 Primetime Emmy Awards

Though Home Box Office could have been the proud recipient of more shiny awards than it ended up with HBO still earned more Emmy Awards than any other network. HBO received 19 in total making it the top earner for the 13th year in a row! You knew there was a good reason why you subscribed to it. Uh, you do subscribe, right? HBOWatch, via an HBO Press release, breaks down the results by show below.     TRUE DETECTIVE totaled five wins. They are for  – Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series to     Cary Joji Fukunaga (pictured) – Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series   – Outstanding Cinematography for a...

HBO Looks Into A “Shutter Island” Series with Martin Scorsese

HBO Looks Into A “Shutter Island” Series with Martin Scorsese

This one just hit the internet and will likely generate some buzz.  The Paramount movie Shutter island is about to be designed into a dramatic series for HBO with the Paramount Television division. Mr. Scorsese is said to already be on board to direct the series pilot which is to be written by Dennis Lehaneand is titled ASHECLIFFE.  Shutter Island was a 2010 thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a U. S. Marshall investigating the disappearance of a patient from Boston’s Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. The movie was directed by Martin Scorsese adapted from a novel by Dennis Lehane. If you are not familiar it here is a trailer...

Development Slate: An NFL Great, STILLWATER & More

Development Slate: An NFL Great, STILLWATER & More

It has actually been a bit quiet on the development front. Even some shows that we know are in the works like BALLERS, THE SPARK, TOGETHERNESS and others are not getting much news. Most news has been focusing instead on the conclusion of a number of HBO series this year. They have to be replaced with some content  besides WESTWORLD in VICE PRINCIPALS so, below, are some deals and concepts that haven’t generated a lot of buzz that we will now give due attention.   Frank Gifford’s Big Game – THE GLORY GAME NFL Hall of Famer Frank Gifford penned a book entitled “The Glory Game” back in 2009 that chronicles an epic NFL matchup...

The Newsroom Season 2 on DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date

The Newsroom Season 2 on DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date

We just learned of The Newsroom season 3 and it’s final release window. But before all that crying and the goodbyes you should probably go back and relive The Newsroom season 2 on DVD and Blu-Ray right?! The date, you ask?  Novemeber 4th is when the discs will be available.  But you can pre-order them here to make sure you get them in time. “Just in time to catch up..” HBO promises. We hope you can binge these episodes because that November window for The Newsroom season 3 is getting tight here. In Season 2 of The Newsroom, it’s a year later, and in the days leading up to Election Night 2012, the News Night staff...

The Knick Season 1: “The Busy Flea”

The Knick Season 1: “The Busy Flea”

In the third episode of The Knick, the choices made by characters in the past continue to cause unforeseen repercussions. This idea is presented in the opening, when a woman from Dr. Thackery’s past comes to The Knick seeking his aid. Abby was Thackery’s lover, and their affair was a passionate one. His manner with her is gentler than his manner with most people. In the end, Abby left him for another man, one she loved less, in favor of serenity. Ultimately, that other man was unfaithful to her, and he infected her with syphilis. The disease ravaged her face, leaving her without a nose and eyesight that can’t stand even...

The Leftovers: The Garveys at Their Best

The Leftovers: The Garveys at Their Best

This episode may have been a flashback, but its message is arguably more important to the show’s present than it’s past. In last week’s episode we saw a troubled Jill Garvey ponder as to whether anything will ever be okay again. Unbeknownst to her, nothing with the Garvey’s has ever been okay. Their family was dysfunctional down to its very core. The departure didn’t make things worse; it only made the grief that everyone was hiding okay to flaunt in public. “Something’s wrong inside you” We learn who the majority of the Guilty Revenant were before the departure. Patty was an isolated housewife in therapy, and Laurie was the...

True Blood Season 7 Series Finale: Thank You

True Blood Season 7 Series Finale: Thank You

Dear friends, readers, Truebies, haters, etc., welcome to the final review of the series finale of “True Blood.” We are honored to have you here. Through some special HBO Watch magic, we  - Rhiannon Kavity, Tamara “The Taminator” Winfrey, MJ Snow, and me, VL Vanderveer – were able to, as a group, give you our honest opinions of all that went down last night in Bon Temps. Are you ready? Let the magic begin. When “True Blood” first came on television in 2008, it was something very, very different than anyone had seen before. Around this time, Stephenie Meyer was just publishing Twilight, a four...

The Normal Heart on DVD & Blu-Ray August 26th

The Normal Heart on DVD & Blu-Ray August 26th

The Normal Heart comes out on DVD tomorrow. Based on the stageplay by Larry Kramer, it tells the story about the emergence of HIV and AIDs in the gay community of the early 80′s, as told through fictional writer Ned Weeks. Without knowledge or proper awareness of the disease, it spread as easily and effectively as it tore apart the lives of those it infected. Today, medical advancements allow people who have contracted the illness to lead lives as close to what one considers normal as possible. But even ten years ago, those prospects weren’t nearly as hopeful. Aside from the film itself, on the DVD there’s a short...

The Newsroom Season 3 Gets a Premiere Date

The Newsroom Season 3 Gets a Premiere Date

We’d been waiting and waiting for final confirmation of The Newsroom season 3 and a possible air date. HBO didn’t let us down this week as they revealed a NOVEMBER premiere window for the series. We predicted as much earlier today with this tweet: If we had to guess we'd bet on a The Newsroom Season 3 teaser with premiere date along with @TrueBloodHBO's finale tonight! — HBO Watch (@HBOWatch) August 25, 2014 In a teaser trailer that showed very little of the actual show an air date finall emerged. We expect it to air alongside Getting On season 2. This WILL be the final season of The Newsroom so make sure...

Second Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Trailer

Second Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Trailer

With the Emmys, True Blood series finale and The Leftovers winding down HBO was bound to give us a little bit of “what’s next”.  This is the latest Boardwalk Empire season 5 trailer titled “Evil Ways.   It looks like the new season of BWE is about to get DARK: Find out how it all ends up as Boardwalk Empire takes its final bow on September 7th, a Sunday night premiere as always. The Leftovers will also finale that night so be sure to tune in for a huge HBO...

True Blood Series Finale Extends 10 Minutes

True Blood Series Finale Extends 10 Minutes

Losing something you love always sucks.  True Blood has had a long run on HBO with seven seasons and 80 episodes of your favorite vampires, werewolves, faries and.. yeah, lots of other weird creatures. Tonight in the background of the 2014 Emmy Awards True Blood is airing its final episode at 9PM EST/PST. But we’ve just learned that the final episode will also be 10 minutes longer than usual clocking in at 65 minutes. The HBO Schedule confirms as much: Note that this pushes back The Leftovers so make sure your DVR is smart enough to figure that out if you’re watching both. Here’s the description of the episode if...

THE LEFTOVERS Season 1: Final Episodes Trailer

THE LEFTOVERS Season 1: Final Episodes Trailer

HBOWatch is fully aware that fans will be focusing on the series finale of TRUE BLOOD tonight. So are we, in fact we will review it and reflect back on the series in the days to come. However, THE LEFTOVERS is also winding down, but just for the season, not for good, as it has already been renewed for its sophomore run coming in the summer of ’15. As of this writing it has two episodes to go in its premiere season. They are # 9: The Garvey’s At Their Best (this episode begins 10 minutes late due to an extended final episode for our friends from Bon Temps) and the season ender # 10: The Prodigal Son Returns airing on 09.07.14. In...

The Knick Season 1: “Mr Paris Shoes”

The Knick Season 1: “Mr Paris Shoes”

In the second episode of The Knick, we are led through the morally corrupt and racially charged goings on in the hospital. Three things stood out in my mind: cadavers, cocaine and kickbacks. Modern medicine was trial and error back in the early 1900s, as was the idea of electricity and racial equality. I must add that Kudos is in order for Clive Owen’s riveting performance. He tends to dominate almost every scene he’s in. His character is cool under fire, yet the things he says can set your teeth on edge. Although you admire the man of medicine, you wonder what’s to admire about the man underneath it all. I also really enjoy the witty...

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